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New Recycling Carts to Roll Out Monday

The blue bins will be delivered to single-family homes as part of Dunedin's new, single-stream recycling program that starts in October.

Dunedin's new recycling carts will roll out starting Monday.

The city will distribute its new, blue recycling bins to single-family homes over a two-week period beginning Sept. 17, said Bill Pickrum, solid waste division director.

The new carts are part of Dunedin's move to . Recyclables, including glass, plastic and cardboard, will be picked up once a week at the curb on the same day as residents' yard debris and bulk materials.

Regular, twice-a-week garbage pickup remains unchanged. 

The cost for recycling will be included as a part of residents' trash bills, and the current, monthly $2.79 fee for recycling is going away.

The new 65-gallon carts will include a label on the lid that will outline what types of items can be recycled and which day of the week they'll be collected.

Customers who normally have their trash picked up on Mondays should receive their new carts first, with other residents to follow. About 13,000 carts will be distributed to city residents, Pickrum said.

Those who live in multi-family condo communities and business owners who currently pay the city for recycling services aren't eligible to have the new recycling as part of their trash bills, according to Public Works Director Doug Hutchens. However, they're welcome to shop around or receive a favorable rate from the city's contractor, Hutchens said.

For more information about Dunedin's new recycling program, visit the city's website.

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Sailgirl September 15, 2012 at 04:27 AM
We have to do this! I only wish the Lake Haven community would do it too. There are approx 500 units in there not recycling! Too bad! This is not rocket science! Good for the planet translates to good for us!
NB September 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Sure do wish the apt complexes in Dunedin could get city recycling too!
-Ed Harris- September 16, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Great example of how a city can go green without going in the red!
Mikey September 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Can we get this service at Patrician Oaks?
Chuck Fortin September 21, 2012 at 04:36 PM
As a new property owner, resident of a prominent high-density condominium complex adjacent to downtown Dunedin, I was both surprised and disappointed that all undesired articles are indiscriminately dumped in out-of-sight, out-of-mind vertical tunnels on each floor. I suspect that there are other local complexes that maintain this environmentally reprehensible practice. While blue bins for individual single-family homes are a positive start, ALL Dunedin citizens have the responsibility to minimize and recycle reusable waste. Complex residents are not entitled to a free ride and many would welcome the opportunity to do their part.

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